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cal·i·co

 (kăl′ĭ-kō′)
n. pl. cal·i·coes or cal·i·cos
1.
a. A tightly woven cotton cloth having a repeating, often floral design.
b. Chiefly British A plain white cotton cloth, heavier than muslin.
2. An animal, such as a cat, having a coat of white fur with distinct patches of different colors, usually reddish-orange and black.

[After Calicut.]

cal′i·co adj.

calico

(ˈkælɪˌkəʊ)
n, pl -coes or -cos
1. (Textiles) a white or unbleached cotton fabric with no printed design
2. (Textiles) chiefly US a coarse printed cotton fabric
3. (Textiles) (modifier) made of calico
[C16: based on Calicut, town in India]

cal•i•co

(ˈkæl ɪˌkoʊ)

n., pl. -coes, -cos,
adj. n.
1. a plain-woven cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern, usu. on one side.
2. Brit. plain white cotton cloth.
3. an animal having a spotted or particolored coat.
adj.
4. made of calico.
5. mottled or variegated in color.
6. (of a domestic cat) having a variegated white, black, red, and cream coat.
[1495–1505; short for Calico cloth]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calico - coarse cloth with a bright print
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
Adj.1.calico - made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned; "calico dresses"; "a calico cat"
2.calico - having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightlycalico - having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; "a jester dressed in motley"; "the painted desert"; "a particolored dress"; "a piebald horse"; "pied daisies"
colored, coloured, colorful - having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in color"; "amber-colored heads of grain"
Translations

calico

[ˈkælɪkəʊ]
A. N (calicoes or calicos (pl)) → calicó m, percal m
B. ADJ [jacket, shirt etc] → de percal

calico

[ˈkælɪkəʊ] n
(British)calicot m
(US)indienne f

calico

nKattun m

calico

[ˈkælɪˌkəʊ] n(tela di) cotone m grezzo (Am) → cotonina stampata
References in classic literature ?
Should we for this purpose be induced to retrace our steps, we should run no small chance of encountering the natives, who in that case, if they did nothing worse to us, would be certain to convey us back to the ship for the sake of the reward in calico and trinkets, which we had no doubt our skipper would hold out to them as an inducement to our capture.
There was one passenger in the coach,--a small dark-haired person in a glossy buff calico dress.
No wonder Dorothy had refrained from bringing with her her old calico and gingham dresses
You pay me plenty tobacco, plenty powder, plenty calico.
m that fella boy five fathom calico, two ten sticks tobacco.
We bound it between pasteboards, which I covered with brilliant calico, representing scenes from a circus.
Moncharmin and Richard were the shipwrecked mariners amid this motionless turmoil of a calico sea.
My good priest sat beside me in these rich moments, knotting in his lap the calico handkerchief of the snuff-taker, and entering with tremulous eagerness into my joy in things that he had often before enjoyed.
Joseph, you calico beastie, don't you dare jump on my lap.
But now that he was enveloped in the old calico robes which had grown yellow in the same service, he was badged and ticketed, and fell into his place at once--a parish child--the orphan of a workhouse--the humble, half-starved drudge--to be cuffed and buffeted through the world--despised by all, and pitied by none.
Arrayed in a new calico dress, with clean, white apron, and high, well-starched turban, her black polished face glowing with satisfaction, she lingered, with needless punctiliousness, around the arrangements of the table, merely as an excuse for talking a little to her mistress.
There was two old dirty calico dresses, and a sun-bonnet, and some women's underclothes hanging against the wall, and some men's clothing, too.